New Delhi, Aug 18, 2017: Canada’s fascinating waterfalls, the Niagara falls on August 15 brightened in saffron, white and green to celebrate the 71st Independence Day of India.
The world’s most astonishing waterfalls appeared even more spectacular as the Indian tri colours irradiated.
Vikas Swarup, the former spokesperson of the MEA and currently the High Commissioner of India to Canada shared the bewitching moment through his twitter handle. Swarup on Wednesday took to Twitter and shared a post along with a picture.
Niagara Falls becomes Freedom Falls to commemorate 70th Anniversary of India's Independence. Great to see it draped in Indian flag colours. pic.twitter.com/oW5cfcUOmb
This is the unprecedented moment in the history that the iconic Niagara Falls, which marks the international border between the United States and Canada illuminated in tricolour.
An exciting point about this imposing moment that has now been observed in history is that the man behind colouring the wonder beauty is an Indian from Kerala.
According to TOI, Sibu Nair who works as an administrator at the University of Buffalo, New York is the impelling force behind this initiative. On August 11, he asserted, “Niagara waterfalls will be illuminated in the colours of the Indian national flag on August 15 for 15 minutes, from 10-10.15 pm, New York time. We are very much excited about it.”
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From Canada, that boasts of a first Indian-origin Defence Minister in Harjit Singh Sajjan, here is the story of another Indian-origin woman migrant who has risen to become a minister in the government of the British Columbia — the Western-most province of the country known for its tech prowess globally.
Meet Jinny Jogindera Sims, who was born in Jalandhar in Punjab and migrated at age nine to England where she got a B.Ed degree at the University of Manchester.
Then, Sims and her husband moved to Canada in 1976. The first woman President of British Columbia’s largest teachers’ union, she was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 2011.
The 65-year-old mother of two, who now heads the Ministry of Citizens’ Services of British Columbia, is quite passionate about her job.
In a conversation with IANS, when asked about Canada’s inclusive nature and how emigrants like her can make it to the top in different fields including political power, pat came her reply: “If you ask me is there more we can do, my answer will be absolutely. We need to do more on aboriginals and the nations’ ethnic communities”.
“We need to do more. Inclusivism and racism is not a one-time issue. We need to do more for their education and other issues. We need to do it all the time”.
Asked about Indians and attracting the talent in the growing tech sector of British Columbia, Sims said Indians have made a name for themselves in the tech and other sectors and are in the forefront.
“I have been to India as an MP to various cities, including Bengaluru and Kolkata. Looking at the skills and talent and amazing companies, India is important in the tech sector. We are looking at new cooperation with Indian tech companies,” she emphasised.
As member of the British Columbia legislative assembly, she is a minister representing the Liberal Party in the government headed by Premier John Horgan.
Asked about her ministry’s work, Sims said her department has gone more digital in delivering services to citizens and that has brought its own problems.
Cyber crime, fake news and other related problems faced by the countries across the world are also her main problems.
“Digital economy is growing. More and more people are getting sophisticated and trying to commit cyber crimes. We are engaged more with businesses that are worried that more people are trying to get information online through Internet bandits.
“We are telling businesses to build extra layers of security. It is like when we construct a home, we have doors and windows which we close for security. Likewise, businesses have to build layers of security like Next-Gen anti-virus solutions and firewalls,” the minister stressed.
She said her ministry is very agile on cyber security and has become smarter with time.
“They (cyber-criminals) have got technology and are, all the time, trying to get into our systems. Nearly 300,000 systems were affected which is mind-boggling. It also shows we have to be extra-cautious, building firewalls and constantly monitoring them,” Sims said.
Asked about the problem of data stealing and stalking over social media platforms, Sims said the government’s role in this is limited.
As a mother and a grandmother, she would only advise that schools and parents have to tell children on the newer risks arising from the use of Internet.
“Parents can limit the children from accessing Internet. We can teach and guide them on cyber security. Businesses also have a responsibility,” Sims added.